virtualcareerfairCorporations Gain Access to an International Pool of Student and Alumni Talent

St. Louis (Sept. 15, 2014) – As tech-savvy Millenials prepare to work in an increasingly competitive job market, Webster University is taking the process online by hosting its first-ever virtual career and internship expo.  This event, which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT, will connect Webster University students and alumni worldwide with employers who seek to hire candidates for jobs and internships.

Unlike a traditional job fair, participants don’t have to put on their interview suits in order to get their résumés in the hands of recruiters.  Instead, they will interact with corporate recruiters in a virtual environment via web chat.

Webster’s Global Online Career and Internship Expo is open to students and alumni from all majors and areas.  In order to participate in the expo, students and alumni must create a profile that includes their contact information, majors and campus location.  They can also upload cover letters and résumés for companies to review.

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and chief of corporate partnerships, explained that this expo has the potential to be, “a game-changer for the institution because it enable students and alumni, no matter where they are, to connect with potential employers.”

More than 700 participants from 18 countries have already registered for the expo, and these numbers are expected to increase as the event approaches.

In addition to discussing jobs and internships with prospective employers, the expo will provide students and alumni with professional development resources.  Among these, students and alumni can participate in group chats with industry professionals to discuss personal branding, interviewing techniques and more.

Employers will also receive benefits from partnering with Webster on this event.  “For companies that operate in the U.S. and around the world, this expo is a great way for them to attract qualified applicants while accelerating the hiring process and reducing recruiting costs,” Akande said.  “It also provides them with access to an international pool of student and alumni talent from a wide range of industries and backgrounds.”

The expo will feature corporations including Anheuser-Busch, Enterprise Bank and Trust, MOHELA and Stifel Nicolaus, among others.

To learn more about this event and register, visit



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Walker Dean Shares 10 Codes to Live By

On September 8, 2014, in Announcements, Career Insight, by Walker News

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, shares his 10 Codes to Live by.  Take a look at his list.


Walker Alum on the Economy

On September 2, 2014, in Announcements, In the News, by Walker News

249e757Maria Alejandra Arias, a 2013 M.A. in Management and Leadership and B.A. in Economics graduate from Webster University, is sharing her finance knowledge through her role as a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  Among her list of publications, Arias has dug into the topics of  job growth, liquidity, bitcoin and more. In her latest publication, “What Does Money Velocity Tell Us About Low Inflation in the U.S.?“, which was co-authored by Assistant Vice President and Economist Yi Wen, readers gain an understanding of how the velocity of money can be calculated and subsequently used to gauge the economy’s strength or people’s willingness to spend money.

Read the article for insights and view Arias’ other publications.


Professor Rishe Discusses Football with NPR

On September 2, 2014, in In the News, by Walker News

IMG_7427In an interview on NPR, Patrick Rishe, Ph.D., professor of economics for the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, discusses the National Football League (NFL) and the fact that Los Angeles, the country’s second largest media market, has gone nearly two decades without team.  ”We’ve reached a point where there’s saturation. The markets that could have been moved into in the last 20 years have been moved into. LA is clearly the only major market without a team.”

Listen to the story for more insights.

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The Walker Global Hybrid Courses offered by the Walker EDGE Office are three-credit hour courses consisting of a blend of online and immersive travel learning offered by the Walker School of Business & Technology. They are composed of eight weeks of online work with a one week travel component, offering students the opportunity to explore a global business, technology or management issue in locations around the world.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, students can choose from a variety of courses and destinations including:


Students can also apply for financial assistance for their international travel expenses of up to $1,000 through the Walker Travel Award.

To learn more about the Walker Global Hybrid Courses and Walker Travel Award, visit our website or contact Denise Harrell at 314-246-8713 or

imgresOn Aug. 27, Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School, was quoted in the MarketWatch article, “Who Wants to Invest in Ferguson Now?”  In response to the riots and looting in Ferguson, Akande said that he has never seen the community have the conversation that it’s having right now.  ”People know this isn’t a Ferguson problem, it’s a St. Louis problem.”

He believes the city is at turning point.  ”We are at a convergent moment,” he said. “That’s when separate things come together to transform us before we even want to.”  

If we don’t seize this moment, he warns of a bigger problem.  ”There’s going to be a permanent division in society. Businesses may start thinking St. Louis is not a destination point.”

Read the article in MarketWatch for more insights.

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virtualcareerfairAll students and alumni are invited to participate in Webster University’s Global Online Career and Internship Expo.  This virtual event will be held  Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. central time.

During this event, recruiters and representatives from companies that operate around the world will engage in real-time with participants via online chat to discuss internship and employment opportunities.  In addition, students and alumni can use this event to enhance their professional networks.

Webster University’s Global Online Career and Internship Expo is accessible via all Internet-enabled devices.

Registration is required to take advantage of this opportunity.  Register now and visit to learn how to prepare for this event.



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rishe-nflIn an interview on NFL AM, Patrick Rishe, Ph.D., professor of economics at the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, explains why the Dallas Cowboys top Forbes’ list of most valuable franchises in the NFL.  Despite not having won a meaningful playoff game in more than a decade, the team is estimated to be worth $3.2 billion.

During the interview, Professor Rishe attributes the team’s top ranking to the fact that it has a newer stadium, which helps it generate sales from luxury boxes.  He also says that the team’s sponsorship deals with other companies, including Carnival, plays a role.  Finally, he acknowledges the importance of the team’s historical success and the branding effect of past championships.

Watch the interview for more insights from Professor Rishe.




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A Convergent Moment for America

On August 21, 2014, in Announcements, by Walker News

akande-headshotComments by Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology

The recent development in Ferguson, Missouri is really a convergent moment when separate things come together in an instructive way.  It represents a moment in time when the past converges with the present, allowing us to create a better and transformative future.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote different and new thinking, and it’s an opportunity that is embedded in respect, fairness and the courage to own change.





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Webster Dean Discusses the Economic Impact of Ebola

On August 18, 2014, in In the News, by Walker News

akande-headshotIn a recent interview with Voice of America, Benjamin Ola. Akande, professor of economics and dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, discusses how the Ebola virus is hurting economies in West Africa. “The economic implications of this Ebola virus are staggering,” he said, “because it’s on the edge of possibly shutting down the economic lifeline for the affected countries.”

Read the story and watch the video for more insights.

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